ELA Department

  • “…Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”                                 
     ~ Benjamin Franklin

    To communicate effectively is an essential component of being human. The English Language Arts classes at DVHS encourage critical thinking and enhance students’ reading and writing skills at all levels. Courses are aligned with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards.

    In order to graduate, students are required to earn credit for four years of English. To complete this requirement, students have many choices: ELA, Honors/AP, and Dual Enrollment.

    English Language Arts:                  Honors/Advanced Placement courses:            ELA 2

    ELA 1-2                                                             ELA 1-2 H                                            

    ELA 3-4                                                             ELA 3-4 H                                            

    ELA 5-6                                                             AP Language and Composition

    ELA 7-8                                                             AP Literature and Composition

     

    Students can also receive high school credit and college credit concurrently by enrolling in Dual Enrollment classes starting at the junior level. Taking these courses will help students meet the requirements for an AGEC (Arizona General Education Curriculum). Earning an AGEC means you have completed your general education credits required for any degree. Students who earn college credit for Dual Enrollment courses can take years off the time they will spend in college and some can even earn an Associate’s degree while in high school!

    Dual Enrollment courses offered in the ELA Department:

    For juniors:ELA 1

    ENH 110: Introduction to Literature (helps to meet humanities or cultural diversity requirement)

    ENG 101: First-Year Composition (helps to meet fundamentals requirement)

    For seniors:

    ENG 102: First-Year Composition (helps to meet fundamentals requirement)

    ENG 111: Technical Writing (meets literacy requirement)

     

    More classes you will want to take:

    We also offer a variety of elective courses that teach real world skills; these are all fast-paced and highly entertaining classes!

    Creative Writing:              one semester, 9th – 12th graders, no pre-requisites

    Communications:             one semester, 9th – 12th graders, no pre-requisites

    Journalism:                       one year, 9th – 12th graders, no pre-requisites

    Newspaper:                      one or more years, 9th – 12th graders, successful completion of Journalism or approval by Alison McGowan, Newspaper Adviser

    Yearbook:                         one or more years, 9th – 12th graders, successful completion of Journalism or approval by Melissa Reagan, Yearbook Adviser

     
     Department staff:
Name Title Email Phone
Allen, Kellie ELA kellie.allen@dvusd.org (602) 467-6859
Brink, Josh ELA joshua.brink@dvusd.org (602) 467-6856
DiMaio, Rosa ELA rosa.dimaio@dvusd.org (602) 467-6851
Foster, Craig ELA craig.foster@dvusd.org (602) 467-6854
Harkema, Katie ELA katie.harkema@dvusd.org (602) 467-6855
McGowan, Alison Department Coordinator/Newspaper alison.mcgowan@dvusd.org (602) 467-6856
Reagan, Melissa ELA/Yearbook melissa.reagan@dvusd.org (602) 467-6852
Vecera, Sarah ELA sarah.vecera@dvusd.org (602) 467-6858
Waddell, Travis ELA travis.waddell@dvusd.org (602) 467-6853
Wiggans, Katie ELA katie.wiggans@dvusd.org (602) 467-6850